Contents tagged with OPCW

  • EU prepares to impose 'chemical' sanctions on Russia

    At today’s session in Luxembourg, the Council of the European Union intends to ratify a new sanction regime against the physical and legal entities responsible for the use and proliferation of chemical weapons. The new sanctions were proposed by the UK and France following the incidents in Syria and in Salisbury which Russia is held responsible for.

    The drafting of the new restrictions began at an EU summit at the end of July which was held directly after an extraordinary session of the …

  • Dutch Defense Minister admits there is a cyber war with Russia

    Interfax reports that, while speaking on Dutch national television, the head of the Netherland’s Ministry of Defense, Ank Bijleveld agreed with the statement that her country is conducting a cyber war with Russia.

    When asked if the current situation between the Netherlands and Russia could be described as a cyber war, she replied, "Yes, that is the case."

    Bijleveld added that after the detention of Russian intelligence officers, the Dutch Ministry of Defense decided to increase its cyber …

  • President of the European Commission not ready for a ‘huge fight’ with Russia

    In an interview with the Austrian newspaper Der Standard, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker stated that the European Union should maintain a dialogue with Russia even after the Russians were accused of cyber-attacks.

    "Despite the increasing dissatisfaction with Russia nowadays, we should again realize that for reasons of security architecture, we should maintain a dialogue with Russia and partly work together,” Juncker said.

    "I am not ready for a huge fight with …

  • Germany accuses Russia of cyberattacks

    Germany supports the conclusions reached by British and Dutch intelligence that Russia is responsible for a series of cyberattacks against international organizations and institutions, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert reported on Friday.

    According to him, Berlin “has complete faith” in the results of the investigation carried out by the Netherlands and UK, which shows that Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) is behind the hacks.

    The day before, Dutch Defense Minister Ank …

  • European Union prepares sanctions in response to Skripal poisoning case

    Ambassadors of 28 EU countries have approved sanctions mechanism against countries suspected of using chemical weapons in the EU.

    The package of restrictive measures, which Britain demanded after the poisoning of ex-colonel GRU Sergey Skripal and his daughter Julia in Salisbury, was agreed on Wednesday at the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU (COREPER) meeting, TASS reports with reference to a diplomatic source in Brussels.

    The mechanism will come into force after the approval …

  • Ukraine promises to ‘never supply’ water to Crimea

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that Kyiv will never deliver water to the territory of Crimea, despite the air pollution situation in the north of the peninsula, reports UNIAN.

    In his opinion, Russia is trying to use the harmful substances release situation at the Crimean Titan plant in order to "promote" the issue of water supply to the region. "However, we must avoid looking into this issue presented in such a humanitarian wrapper rather than from the point of view of …

  • Ukraine to appeal to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons regarding toxic emissions in Crimea

    Ukraine will submit an appeal to the international Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) regarding chemical emissions and air pollution at the plant Crimean Titan plant" in the territory of the Crimea, said the press secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Mariana Betsa on Channel 5.

    According to Betsa, currently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs collects all the information from the competent authorities, including necessary materials and evidence of the …

  • OPCW confirms use of chemical weapons in Syria in March 2017

    The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced that during the attack on northern Syria in March 2017, chemical weapons were used.

    The OPCW was referring to the attacks that occurred on March 24, 2017 to the south of the city of El-Latamina in the north of the Arab Republic and on March 25 on the hospital that is in the city as well as the surrounding territories. Experts found that sarin was used during the first attack, and chlorine was used during the second. The …

  • Chemical weapons watchdog: Chlorine used in attack on Syrian town of Saraqeb in February

    The mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) concluded that on February 4 chemical weapons, probably chlorine, were used near ​​the city of Saraqeb in the Syrian province of Idlib.

    The OPCW report, released on May 16, states that “chlorine was released from cylinders by mechanical impact in the Al-Talil neighbourhood of Saraqeb."

    The experts studied two cylinders, which used to contain the chemicals, and also analyzed the samples taken in the area of ​​the …

  • UK and France refuse to attend Russian-initiated briefing at OPCW

    The Permanent Representative of Great Britain to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Peter Wilson said that the briefing initiated by Russia at the OPCW headquarters in The Hague on Thursday, April 26 was a “stunt.” The Russians claim that the event, which was attended by several residents of the Syrian city of the Douma, proves the absence of any chemical attacks in the vicinity of the city.

    The United Kingdom and its allies declined to attend this briefing. The …